Snow photoshoot with Vandervenfotografie

It doesn’t snow as often anymore in the Netherlands. And mostly, when it snows, it tends to be just a sad mushy layer. But, last week we had some proper snowfall. And it truly was a magical sight.

Of course I couldn’t resist shooting in the snow. Photographer Vandervenfotografie was willing to to brave the cold weather and took some beautiful pictures. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.

 

First Collaboration With Photographer Baron Samedi Fotografie

Whoops! With all the craziness going on in de world right now, I completely forgot to write a blog post about my latest photo shooting with photographer Baron Samedi Fotografie. It was our first collaboration, and I hope it certainly wasn’t the last time.

It’s been exactly three months today since our photo shooting, and I know it’s a little late, but the results are just too good not to share. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.

 

Witchy Halloween Photo Shoot With Vandervenfotografie

Halloween is an amazing time of year to get creative with photography. Although Halloween is not actually a traditional Dutch thing, and the Dutch don’t really seem to go in for Halloween the same way as other countries, I just can’t let it pass unnoticed. I just love this spooky holiday too much! I mean, what’s not to like about Halloween? It’s spooky, it’s fun, it’s the awesome decorations, it’s dressing up (you can be as creative as you want), it inspires generosity ànd anyone can enjoy (not just the kids).

As it comes to Halloween creatures, Witches are probably one of the most traditional as well as mysterious entities we associate with Halloween. The image of a witch riding her broomstick across a full moon is probably still one of the most familiair Halloween symbols today.

I personally love witches and witch stories. So, I decided to honor this image, by working out a Witchy (but classy) Halloween photo shoot. Smoke bombs, a witches kettle, skulls, and even a magic wand were packed to go. We visited one of my favorite locations. You may recognize it from 2018’s Outdoor Burlesque With Photographer Made By Manja.

Photographer(s) Vandervenfotografie (Cornel and Marijke van der Ven) and I really had a wicked time! We experimented with smoke bomb positioning, resulted in a really cool effect.

I am over the moon to share the amazing results. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

 

Nothing Wrong With Nude

There’s nothing wrong with nudity! The human body is beautiful. However, nude photography still seems to be some kind of taboo.

In my oppinion nude photography is part art form, part strategic endeavor, and all pep talk. Good nude photography is beautiful, sensual, classy and for all women; from petite to plus-size. For a model, nude pictures also aren’t used only to be sexual. They can be an important act of self-love, of reclaiming our individual feelings of how to view ourselves, independent of outward forces.

Although I don’t disapprove nude photography, I never in a million years thought I would do something like this, let alone post it. But there is so much beauty in being vulnerable and pushing yourself to do things that “scare” you.

A few years ago, I did a boudoir styled / nude photo shoot with the talented photographer Perfect-GS-Picture, and I have to say we created some stunning images. Was I comfortable? I suppose you could say I was. My stomach wasn’t super flat and my waist wasn’t that small. This were features I disliked, which I loathed. But I figured ‘what the hell’ and chose to ignore those as best I could.

My hair and beautiful make-up were done by professional make-up artist Maggot’s visagie & grime.  She really did an amazing job. She listened to exactly what I wanted and made sure I was 100% happy with it… which I was!

This was my first nude / boudoir photo shoot and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I think the part that scared me the most was posting these. I was never the girl to post bikini pictures. Not because I was ever told not to, but simply because I always told myself “you can’t do that or wear that or post that”.

To conclude, it was an experience I would recommend to any woman. It was so empowering, mostly as you’re walking out and say “I just did that shit!”. It might be scary, and you really are going to feel vulnerable, but at the end of it you will have a set of images that will remind you to live everyday like the woman in them, happy and confident. Because everyBODY is beautiful and our bodies deserve us to cherish them a lot more.

 

Día De Los Muertos Photo Shooting

Another one of those photo shootings my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I had on our bucket list for a while. It just took some time working out the plans for this amazing photo shooting.

My sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I have always had a thing for sugar skulls. I mean, what’s not to love about sugar skulls? Sugar skulls are colorful and beautiful, but also we love the history.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a two day holiday celebrated in Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, between October 31st and November 2nd. During this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It’s not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members.

When is Day of the Dead?
The two-day festival begins with Día de los Angelitos (Day of the little angels) – which kicks the holiday off at midnight on November 1st. This is where the spirits of all deceased children are believed to be reunited with their families for 24 hours. Families construct an altar, known as an ofrenda, with the departed child’s favorite snacks, candies, toys, and photographs to encourage a visit from their departed children.

At midnight of the following day, November 2nd, the celebrations shift to honor the lives of the departed adults, which is called Día de los Difuntos. The night is filled with laughter and fun memories, much like the night before. However, the Ofrendas take on a more adult-like theme with tequila, pan de muerto, mezcal, pulque and jars of Atole.

On November 2nd at noon the grand finale and public celebration of Día de Muertos begins, honouring the spirits of all the dead. People will come together in their cities, dressed up with Calavera painted faces (Skeletons) for parades in the streets.

Sugar skulls
Calaveras (or skulls) are ubiquitous during Day of the Dead. The skulls are often drawn with a smile as to laugh at death itself. They take many forms such as sugar candies, clay decorations, and most memorable: face painting.
Sugar skulls are decorated and placed on ofrendas of loved ones. The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils and icing. These sugar skulls are very colorful and whimsical, not scary at all.

In terms of meaning, the skull symbolizes death but in a positive manner. In Mexico it is believed that death is not the final stage in one’s life but rather a step forward into a higher level of conscience.

Photo Shoot Crew
For this photo shooting Count vlAD and I worked together with two familiair photographers, which are RoKo Foto (aka Ronald Kooijman) and Elsabijn Lindenbergh (aka Elsabijn Fotografie).

I have collaborated on no less than five shoots now with photographer Ronald Kooijman and each one was memorable and very well-arranged, including this latest photo shooting. This was the third time I worked together with photographer Elsabijn Fotografie and I may say it was another succes story.

The awesome skull make-up was done by professional make-up artist MakeUp4U.  She really did another A-MA-ZING job!

We couldn’t wish for a better location than the beautiful (ruin of) Asten Castle, locally known as Kasteel Asten. The mystic atmosphere is perfect for a photo shooting like this one. We even managed to create some kind of miniature cemetery in the castle gardens.

They say proper preparation yields good result… and it does! We all had a very fun and relaxed day at the beautiful Asten Castle and I am over the moon to share the amazing results. You can also find the pictures (and more) on my Facebook page.

 

Pictures RoKo Foto (Ronald Kooijman):


Pictures Elsabijn Fotografie (Elsabijn Lindenbergh):